Ola, Uber’s Surge Pricing Under Investigation By Govt; RSS Affiliate Group Demands Review
Uber and Ola have been up against the Government for a long time about the surge in the pricing.
Both the cab aggregators have been under the fire for their ridiculously high prices, some of which are not really very reasonable.
On the other hand, the Government recently agreed to the cab aggregators imposing a surge in the price, which definitely added to the confusion.
And now there is news that the minister for transport and highways has asked officials to look into the matter on the insistence of a right wing party.
Find out what went down right here!
Government Officials To Review Ola and Uber’s Surge Pricing
Ashwani Mahajan, National Co-Convener of RSS affiliate Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (SJM) penned a letter to the road transport and highways minister, Nitin Gadkari asking him to look into the surging in prices by Ola and Uber.
He said that Uber and Ola are obtaining profits under through surge pricing. He also quoted a survey that shows that customers from across the nation are facing numerous issues with the app-based taxi aggregators such as Uber and Ola.
Dr. Mahajan said, “We have demanded that Rs. 100 or an amount equivalent to 20% of the fare be credited in the customer’s account in case of a driver cancelling a ride, no surge pricing on advance scheduled booking and basic customer service and app features must be standardised in case of emergencies.”
He states that as these cab aggregators started profiteering, SJM asked for a 25% cap on the surge pricing. In case of abrupt cancellation, SJM wants the cancellation charges to be paid by taxi app company or the driver, depending upon the case.
Uber And Ola’s History of High Prices
There are multiple issues related to the pricing strategies of the cabs, and even the charges levied by the aggregators for cancellation of rides.
Dr. Ashwani Mahajan, All India co-convener, SJM, said, “Just in the last two weeks, we received screenshots where a fare of Rs 2,000 was quoted in Mumbai for a six-minute ride. This is outrageous and plain profiteering by these platforms.”
The government also promised to come up with laws that approved surge pricing only if they are reasonable. Uber protested the Government’s interference citing the reason that the drivers are earning less because of the fare restrictions put in place by the Government.
We’ll keep you informed as we get more updates!